joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2007
According to Bell’s website it was packaged 9/25/06. So it should be nice and fresh.
Two Hearted poured a slightly hazy gold. A good looking 1+finger white micro bubble head. Swirling carbonation rising from a few different points in my pint glass.
All I smell coming from this beer is hops, which is a very good thing. I smell a forest of pine trees and grapefruit. Makes my mouth water.
There is a small malt backbone coming through but it’s mostly a hop attack. My kind of IPA. Citrus(grapefruit) hops followed by a mouthful of oily pine needles. A nice bitterness follows that gets me ready for the next drink.
Mouthfeel is a little on the lighter side but still good. Its funny but even though it’s lighter it still coats my mouth. Nice amount of carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I could and have drank quite a few of these in a sitting.
Sampled 10/13/06 BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2007
[bottle, courtesy of Jah Noth] Powerful citrus hop aroma. Very nice, golden appearance. Grassy, fresh hop flavors with a bit of sweet malt and grapefruit rind bitterness. Medium/light body. Pretty awesome stuff. An outstanding IPA. TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Aroma of fresh cut grass, hop oils, pumpkin, alcohol. Medium/light heavy body. Taste of hops, medium malt sweetness, more hops. So much hop presence, but that’s the point. Simply impressed with the hop bill for the brew. Needed more malt to make this the ultimate IPA I’ve ever had. Very close. JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Pours a nice darkish orange color with a moderate head that settles down to a thin coating. Nice floral aroma with some pine resin smells. Very fresh smelling. Medium-bodied. The beer has a maltiness that supports the late hop kick nicely. The hop taste lingers a bit on the palate, but the hoppiness is more subtle than aggressive. A well-crafted, very drinkable IPA. I’m glad this will be easy for me to acquire now. pet3rman (375) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2008 Pours Golden with medium white head. Nice citrus hop aroma. Pretty complex taste with a grapefruit-pine hop kick. Subtle malt character giving way to a nice bitter finish. Really good stuff.
mkgrenwel (619) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2007
Ah yes, that’s centennial. Floral, citrusy and a bit spicy. Just a bit of malt to hold up the hops. Good bitterness in the back, definitely outshining the sweetness. Light body and a slightly thin palate. There’s one place for improvement. Otherwise, this isn’t all that much of a "crafted" beer. It’s just centennial in your face. I like the aroma better than the flavor, but it’s still a damn tasty beer. Very good IPA, but still not my favorite.
beerczar69 (39) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2007
Great tasting beer,One Of Bells best.Creamy head and a nice amber looking beer.Piney fruit taste with a nice bite .A great IPA . cab (866) - DENMARK - FEB 23, 2007
Bottle and what a bottle, caramel, hay, floral, citrus, golden, hazy, frothy, medium sweetness, very bitter, medium body, average carbonation. oakbluff (448) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 23, 2007
A classic American IPA. It pours the color would expect, has a perfect head, and then the nose- wow! Great hop aromatics. The taste is just perfect- fruity, perfume hops, without any astringent bitterness. Just amazing. Malts are then as a great backbone, but this beer is about the hops as it should be. The approachableness of the hops is what really sets this apart from the crowd. Any average non hop head can have a sip of this and say- this is a really tasty beer. That is an accomplishment that can’t be understated- for the masses and for the hop head. Between Two Hearted and Stone IPA for the best all round IPA in the US, in my limited experience. minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2007 Orange body with medium eggshell-white head collapsing to a thin layer. Really nice hop oil citric aroma, almost floral. Lemony citric hop flavor. Effective cascade and pale malt combination I think. Moderate bitterness, very slightly overcarbonated in my opinion. Definitely something a little fishy in the taste... Overall, a quite solid IPA, but maybe a little tame by today’s standards to be truly great...